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Year Five

Welcome to St Elizabeth’s Class

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is my pleasure to welcome you back to school for Term 1 2020. I am excited to be a part of this endeavour with your child. My name is Miss Sylvia Stellino and I am your child’s classroom teacher.

My role is to ensure students are engaged, enjoying school and experiencing success.  I believe that children learn in different styles and at different paces.  Each child is unique; not only capable of learning, but also capable of succeeding.  To achieve this, I will be focusing my attention on your child’s: attendance at school; correct uniform; developing peer relationships; homework and assessment tasks; class contribution; and, work completed.  

Expectations:

  • Parents should aim to have their children in school for 8:20am so the children can make the best start to their school day. Please ensure they are promptly picked up at 2:20pm via the school carpark.
  • Children should have their ties done up smartly, with their shirts tucked in. If hair is longer than shoulder length, it should be tied back. No jewellery is permitted in school.
  • PE kits are now to be worn to school on Thursdays. The PE kit consists of trainers, blue shorts, white T-shirt and socks. In the colder months, dark blue tracksuit bottoms and a jumper will be permitted. Please note that girls should not wear tights underneath their shorts.

English:

  • The text we will be studying this term is called ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedwick.
  • The children are expected to read aloud to an adult at home at least 3 times weekly. Please sign their reading log to show us that this is happening. Please try to discuss these books with your child and ask them a variety of questions. In addition to reading, children will be expected to learn grammatical terms such as perfect and passive verbs.
  • Please encourage your child to review the books they read as this will help develop their skills in critical thinking and comprehension.

Maths:

  • This year children will be encouraged to master their time tables. They will be covering a wide range of topics including, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, measurement, properties of shape, fractions, statistics, position and direction.
  • Please encourage your child to see Mathematics in the real world using money and times tables.
  • Please encourage their mental maths skills at home by using the ‘hit the button’ website or downloadable app.
  • The children must try to log in to Times Tables Rockstars (TTR) at least once a week as part of their weekly Mathematics homework.

RE:

  • This term Year 5 will be studying ‘Gifts from God’.

Humanities:

  • This term Year 5 will be studying ‘Ancient Greece’.

Science:

  • This term Year 5 will be studying ‘The Earth, Moon and Sun’

Homework:

  • Every Friday your child will be given homework to complete for the following Tuesday. It is important that the children hand their homework in on time. Homework will begin next week.
  • Students will have a weekly spelling test on a Friday based on the words in their homework.
  • All homework books have a copy of the homework policy inside the front cover. Please remember to check over and sign your child’s homework so we know you have seen it.

I see one of my jobs as helping your child discover their individuality as they journey through childhood.  I am here to help them develop and reach their potential socially, emotionally and academically.  With your assistance and support our students, your child, will be the best they can be.

In keeping with social distancing rules parents will not be able to speak with teachers in the morning and at the end of the day which has been the case over the years. To ensure that communication with us continues parents can send emails to the class teachers on issues relating to academic matters alone. All other queries or issues should be sent to the school email as usual. Teachers will respond to emails after school between the hours of 3:10 pm and  pm. Any email sent on Friday after school will be responded on Monday.

Teacher:                  Miss Stellino

Email:                      sstellino@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

School email:            sao@ourladyofgraceschool.co.uk

I look forward to meeting you and trust this year will be a happy and successful one for all of us.

Kind regards,

Sylvia Stellino

Class Teacher